Grenora, North Dakota

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Grenora is a city in Williams County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 202 at the 2000 census. Grenora was founded in 1916. The name "Grenora" was derived from Great Northern Railway.

The city's motto is, "Friendliness lives here — you're only a stranger once." The city is home to a senior citizen's center, credit union, gas station, grain elevator, restaurant, bar which has famous cheeseburgers statewide, apartment buildings, and community built low-income housing. There are also two churches: the St. Olaf Lutheran Church (ELCA) and St. Boniface Catholic Church.



The surrounding area is home to small game hunting opportunities (pronghorn antelope and deer). There is also very excellent pheasant hunting. Available in the nearby Missouri River are paddlefish, a prehistoric fish which can weigh more than 120 pounds. This is one of the few places the fish can be found on the North American continent. Grenora is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Canadian border and only 4 miles (6 km) from North Dakota's border with Montana.

Grenora is home to the Writing Rock State Historical Site. The Assiniboine, Lakota, and Plains Chippewa Indian tribes often returned to the Spirit Rock, or Hoi-waukon, located on a hilly prairie just outside of Grenora. The rock served to mark a spot where Native Americans felt they could foretell the future. The two granite rocks at this site are covered with petroglyphs presumably carved by ancient Plains Indians.


Grenora is located at 48°37′5″N 103°56′12″W / 48.61806°N 103.93667°W / 48.61806; -103.93667 (48.618147, -103.936657)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 202 people, 98 households, and 58 families residing in the city. The population density was 342.7 people per square mile (132.2/km²). There were 139 housing units at an average density of 235.8/sq mi (91.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.02% White, 0.99% Native American, and 0.99% from two or more races.

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